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this together in the clinton administration. the u.s. president who got the closest to getting these two parties to put ink to paper and create a deal. this president now creating a long list of previous u.s. presidents in trying to get two leaders who are weak at the moment to sit down and do tough business. >> i've had discussion, as i know you have, with president clinton, he looks back on what was miss hg in that opportunity, at the tail end of his administration, when arafat and ehud barak, the then prime minister, was very close to a deal, and one of the problems was arafat didn't have the support he thought he needed from saudi arabia, from other arab countries like egypt and this time, president clinton, they are deliberately bringing in some other outside support to back up president abbas of the palestinian authority, to make sure he didn't feel isolated in making the kinds of tough decisions they're going to have to make. >> the white house has just given the two-minute warning which will mean you will see the leaders come down and walk into the east room where they'll make the statem
will allow us to skip you, mr. mayor, for a moment. erick erickson has gone after this pledge calling it pablam. others have called it a pledge to do nothing. >> i think i said milquetoast. the party of no has been working well for nancy pelosi in 2006, it's been working well for us now. i'm disappointed in them. it doesn't have an earmark span which i thought they needed to have after the big dog and pony show over earmarks. it starts off at the beginning about how the ruling class elite. page 15, mandates on health care insurance companies. i'm just disappointed with. >> let me read you what david frumm, former bush speech writer has said about you. he wants to ask you, what did you expect? here's the gop cruising to a hansom election victory. did you seriously imagine they would jeopardize the project of victory and chairmanships by issuing big, bold promises to do deadly unpopular things? >> what's very popular right now is defunding obama care. all the things david frumm would want in life are things republicans and most americans are opposed to. i didn't expect them to go in tha
the question of whether it might be too late. seven in ten americans tell us things are going badly in america today, history suggests the president's party is in for a big hit. no whining allowed here. cnn contributor eric erickson, author of the new book "red state uprising." and with me here, former george w. bush strategist and now national journal columnist, maureen dowd. i'll start with you, because now i have this year figured out. either the voters aren't that smart because they're not paying as much attention or you democrats need to stop whining, is that the solution? >> i think the vice president was talking about a particular phenomenon on my side of the aisle which is the left. you have a number of prognosticators saying that the president hasn't been progressive enough and at a time when we have had bold, fundamental change and other issues that have been really hard in this election cycle so i think the vice president had a real message which is you know what happens when democrats don't vote, republicans win. >> it would have been good if he had said that, but he did not say th
with us tonight, national political correspondent jessica yellin, and our senior congressional correspondent dana bash. governor, i want to start with you. you have been pushing the president for a long time saying this is the way to create jobs immediately. he announced this plan today but they don't have the votes in congress to pass it. so this is more symbolism, more in your face than real job creation, isn't it in. >> i'm not sure, john, that the votes aren't there to pass infrastructure. senator inhofe and barbara boxer tried to triple the amount of spending in the original stimulus. infrastructure sort of goes across party lines. do i expect anything is going to get done in the fwhoex months? no, because the republicans don't want the economy to improve. that's a fact, and you could debate that as long as you want but it's a fact. they don't want to do anything that will make the economy improve now. that's why they've held up on the small business bill. they've talked about small business over and over again, let's help small business. we have a chance if we pass that b
us different than those who attacked us. so here was an alleged pastor that i don't know anyone who even knows him, with a small congregation, and he's going to set up more flames of hate and violence. really a slap in the face of jesus, who never would have done this. and i've been pleased with the unity of the faith community in responding to him. across the board. my favorite is the massachusetts bible society has said they will give away two copies of the koran for every copy that he was going to burn to people in prisons or shelters or hospitals, muslims who don't have their text. that's the kind of response christians ought to make. so i'm glad that he says he's called this off. the imam will meet with anybody who wants to talk to him, but this is something that was really an example of the extremes controlling our public discourse. the faith community is united against this, but the extremes shake this conversation. and we have to look at that. >> ri said to me what is remarkable is how quickly you have seen the political coalescing around this, we're showing some of the face
borger, and joining us from new york, cnn political contributor and republican strategist, ed rollins and john avalon, also a cnn contributor, as well as senior political columnist for the daily beast. let's get straight to this tax fight. president obama went out to the fairfield, virginia, doing a little town hall in a backyard. and he was making his case that the you should keep tax cuts for those families making $250,000 anbew, and those making more than that should pay more. number one, the president says that's only fair. number two, he says, we can't afford it because red ink. >> but we can't give away $700 billion to folks who don't need it a think somehow that we're going to balance our budget. it's not gog to hapn. >> one intere, ing int, freddy, to the democrat the first, in the audience, as the president did, that was the local congressman jerry conley. if you go to jerry conley's website, democrat,ni rrengior re-election, a little nervous. probably okay, but probably a little nervous. on his website, he's also a handful of democrats who support extending the bush taxes c
to this established, old-time republican operatives. it's interesting to sort of see, you know, are they using the anger and frustration of so many of these people for their own political gain for the establishment. >> joe, you're nodding. yeah, this is for me, a work in progress because i've sort of been looking into the financial funding. the spokesperson for opensecrets.org is on the record saying their money comes from things like health care professional, believe it or not, which is fascinating. from, you know, financial concerns, retirees, and one of the big questions, of course, is how much charles and david cook, the big conservative funders, are actually putting into that. it's not clear to me, i mean, i don't know that. so it's sort of dribs and drabs. >> first of all, i think we have our new york guest joining us, john avalon and erick erickson joining us. hi, guys. i hope you can see this, but let's take a look at some of the different groups that have tried to influence the tea party. i think we have a graphic of that. there's the tea party express. tea party patriots, freedomwork
the line? >> the fbi has long used them as an example, has long had resources devoted to both. i will tell you going back to 2007 and 2008, they have had to devote increasing resources to this domestic extremist. we've seen cases, we've seen arrests in places like michigan as a result of those resources. >> bart, there's two big issues in your piece. number one, these groups, militia groups that have spread up under the patriot banner, if you will, correct me if i'm mischaracterizing it. then the lone wolfs, people who radicalized themselves and share information on the internet. one of them is the holocaust museum shooter. you say in your reporting, i made phone calls to verify this, that he shot the guard in the holocaust museum, but they found that he wanted to kill david axelrod, the president's top adviser. >> that's absolutely right. he considered a number of targets and he thought the president, himself, was too hard to get to. in his world view the jews ran everything, obama was a puppet on what he called his jew owners. in that sense axelrod was a more valuable target to him than
. >> don't disagree, but there was an attempt to use it as a negative against president bush and i think -- >> here's one other -- >> the president used it against the democrats with iraq so -- it's politics -- >> -- the president saying we can absorb a terrorist attack. we'll do everything we can to prevent it. even on 9/11, even the biggest attack ever, we absorbed it and we are stronger. some people saying, why is the president talking about the united states can absorb a terrorist attack? others saying if bush said that everybody would say, there he go, cowboy again. others saying, that's the president saying, we're doing everything we can to stop it but america's a big country and we can deal with it. that's the political debate right now. >> he sounded -- say this nicely, sounded more like an israeli leader than an american. americans tend to whine. they all want to be victims. he said, no, we're a big tough country. israel's a tiny tough country and they're not scared of nothing. i like the fact that this guy -- he doesn't want an attack. good lord, nobody does. but you know what
. they are out there putting their lines on the line for us. we have to make sure that we are crystal clear for our sakes and their sakes, they are americans. we honor their service. and part of honoring their service is making sure they understand that we don't differentiate between them and us. it is just us. >> david, he could have shyed away or given shorter answers knowing there is an election 53 days away and this is quick sand perhaps and he was passionate about the issues remembering that he is president well past that election in 53 days. >> john, he seemed to resolve whatever internal doubts he may have had about this issue and come out four square and spoke from the heart and from his soul on this. i do think that he deserved points for courage given the polls and how upset many americans are. i think that he gave what is one of the best arguments that i have heard for placing the mosque here. what surprised me as well is that i thought that given what the imam's conversation with cnn a couple of nights ago in which he said, look, if i had known what i know now, i would not have
? what if the democrats said if you give us what we want, we'll extend the bush tax cuts for one year and talk again. >> politically, i don't know that the republicans have to do anything. polls are showing more voters have decided the stimulus didn't work and showing more and more that voters don't think the democrats have the ideas. so if they propose something, they start with the proposition that voters don't think it's going to work. the democrats have to change the psychology. but if we go back to 1994, there were three positive months of economic numbers in job growth and gdp growth and the democrats, by october, were thinking that things weren't going to be so bad for them and they still got wiped out. if we compare, we're in a worse situation than in 1994 and they still got spanked in '94. >> that's a political argument eric just made. republicans don't have to do anything to win the election. what about for some guy who may be a republican, an independent, saying that's what this is about, we're not going to do anything except fight until the election. if you were advising a
that played such an important role in his big 2008 win. it's part of an urgent, some democrats used the word desperate attempt to close the gap enjoyed by republicans this midterm year. the white house is trying to help disconnected voters. stop whining was the president's lecture yesterday. on the penn state campus today, don't write that obituary yet was the vp's new message. >> the reports of the death of the democratic party are premature. we're going to do just fine, folks. >> tonight's event, the prerally is already under way. we're told it will be a return to full campaign mode for the president. we'll take you to madison, live, once the president gets under way and break down his big and difficult challenge this year with the best political team on television. let's set the stage. our exclusive political duduo, james carville and mary matalin from new orleans. here in washington, joe johns and gloria borger. james carville, let me start with you and tell me upfront we could interrupt you at any moment when the president takes the stage. you have run campaigns. you've seen the polling
is handling his job. that's a new low for the president in our cnn polling. 53% tell us they plan to vote republican for congress. don't try telling that to the house speaker, nancy pelosi. >> i feel confident our members are the best spokespersons for their constituents. they know how to communicate with their districts and they are doing just that and they're doing just fine. >> don't believe the numbers, then how about this? remember that, the now iconic image of hope? it's the work of art irs shepherd ferry, who told people they wanted somebody who was going to fight against the status quo and i don't think obama has done that." >> what is driving voters away from president obama, from his agenda and toward the republicans, "time magazine" columnist joe klein is on a month long road trip. republican strategist ed recallens is with us in new york and matthew doud and cnn political analyst, gloria borger. >> i want to show you this one number. we gave you the president's approval rating. i want everyone to take a look at this. has president obama met your expectations, yes, 32%, exceede
that the american dream is we'll always do better than our parents. and our kids will do better than us. >> those days are gone. >> they're gone? >> why do you think that? >> yeah. you keep going back to the diop situation, you keep working, dream, house, picket house. you've got to have work here. jobs that they are producing, our congressmen -- the jobs they are producing don't pay no money. >> the president will be here in ohio tomorrow, trying to convince al quincel and americans like him coast to coast he has a plan to turn things around. new cnn polling shows americans give republicans higher marks when asked which party has the best economic approach. and in our reporting, we've lost count of how many democrats complain that the white house lacks a consistent and coherent message. and we'll find out if he can survive the anti-incumbent tide power. and we take a close look at the key states and races. dana bash and senior political analyst. governor strickland, i'll talk to you about your race in a moment. but the big economic picture have you struggled with here. the president will come he
'm exhausted of defending you. >> i want to know is the american dream dead for me? >> i need you to help us understand how you can regain the political center because you're losing the war of soundbites. you're losing the media cycles. >> so what was the lesson for the president and can christine o'donnell overcome the controversies of her past? here 20-to-discuss and debate, republican pollster ed, roland martin, strategist peter fen. if those are people who voted for you and what they think and that's how they talk to you, he has a tough 43 days. >> absolutely and the people, a number of them, who worked on his campaign are people who are on the road with him, surrogates. i've heard from those very same people telling the white house the exact same thing for the past 8 to 12 months and in many cases folks in the white house not listening. i would think after today the folks will say, wow, maybe those folks have been right. we'd better listen now because we've been, frankly, tone deaf. >> if you're advising him, i know you're in the other party, if you suspend your republicanism and say, m
with us to talk it over. gloria borger, roland martin. let's begin with christine o'donnell. she won last night. she gave a big speech. with not much sleep, she got up this morning, made the round of tv shows to say "don't count me out." >> they never thought that i could win this race and i believe that we can win without them. let me say that they also said that ronald reagan wasn't electable. >> ed rollins, you were among the doubters last night. you're among the doubters last night. you helped that guy, ronald reagan, get elected. >> i did. she's an unknown. obviously, delaware's a small state. if the party doesn't help her, she may get conservative money to at least run a decent campaign. at this point in time, you know, that race has been assumed to be ours. i don't ever believe they're ours until we win them. think we have to wait a little and see, two, three week, can she be a credible candidate? the probability is no. there are other places, like west virginia and other places, that three weeks ago we never thought was on the radar screen so -- >> a big point everybody around her
. >> the small elite don't get us. they call us whacky. they call us wing nuts. we call us we the people. we don't always agree. we don't always share the same strategy memos. we don't always endorse the same candidates or speak off the same talking points. we're loud, we're rowdy, we're passionate. >> is this, bill bennett, a shotgun wedding in the sense that if you go to tea party weddings a lot of them are conservative on the socialist issues but they're libertarian. they don't want congress debating the issues. if they're going to be debated they want them debated back at home, not by washington. >> there are a lot of people who are conservative, a lot of people identify themselves as conservative, 35%, and they would agree with the comments of christine o'donnell and the basic tenets of the pea partea movement. the bump per sticker i come up with and i appreciate joe klein's comments, lower expectations. it's not that people are greatly enthusiastic about us or conservatives but ha they're saying on the bumper sticker, not sure, but not this. they know they don't want what they've got now a
used to help republicans win house seats. >> it's a complex country and you've got to be a broad tent to carry a national coalition. this country reacts to what's on the ground and the tea party and lloy the of republicans are riding on the fact of 9.5% unemployment. as soon as they get in a position of responsibility, the voters say what do you offer and becomes a different test and the wave will sweep conservatives. >> these republicans i'm surrounded by don't take advice from hillary clinton but listen to secretary of state clinton today. she did an interview with abc and asked this question, you have the ideological candidates in both primary, left and right and she was talking specifically about the tea party saying the people may come to washington with pretty firm principles, but then you have to see if they can be pragmatic. >> then when they have the burden of holding office and the responsibility that goes with it, i've seen them become very sobered very quickly. sometimes the poetry can get kind of hot and a little over the top, but the prose brings you down to earth. >> in
is coming up let's talk it over with our panel. michael scherer is a white house correspondent. and with us from new orleans. democratic strategist and cnn contributor james carville. we'll talk about arizona in a minute. here's what he's playing on tv. >> i went to the border and saw for myself how bad the situation really is. that's i voted to deport illegals who commit felons and eliminate amnesty. no one should be rewarded for breaking the law. >> why is this such a big issue if the numbers are going down? i suspect the answer is tapping into economic anxiety. and it's sort of odd that people are blaming the illegal immigrants for their problems more than they're blaming the banks for their problems. it's so at odds with the facts. that's the way the people feel. i've talked to campaigns around the country. they're saying they see the issue on the rise. more troops are on the border now than have ever been. there's been a big increase of our presence on the border in addition to the economic downturn. the only rational explanation is economic anxiety or people are blaming president obam
-- this is not pretty. >> as o'donnell manager i found she was living on campaign donations and using them for rent, and expenses while leaving workers unpaid and piling up thousands in debt. she was not concerned about the conservative -- and -- >> so it is nasty stuff from your own party. she could win the race and how does the party figure that out? >> well, it wouldn't be the first one as marco rubio and sharron angle and ken buck up in kentucky, so this hand wringing about the outcome of primaries is a little hyperventilation to the specific, of the primary, and you know, politics is more brass knuckles than badminton, so it will happen. >> i talked to a senior republican strategist today who is involved in this particular senate race and he says if she wins the national committee is not going to give her money. so if she wants to g on the beat the democrat, she is going to have to do it on her own, because there are other races to invest in, so this is a big fight within the republican party. >> well, not a battle for the soul of the republican party or whether there is a big tent, because th
much frustration among democrats outside of washington that we had a big election in 2006 that gave us control of congress, those democrats would say then we elected this president in 2008. why can't they do what we elected them to do? >> i mean this is a very important question. in fact, the one thing they did do today, james droga 9/11 act which will help firefighters, emergency workers, cops. james died in 2006. first police officer to have his illnesses tied to the toxic plume at 9/11. it's astounding that it took this long to pass, with all of the people who are suffering here in new york. and yet it was done almost entirely on partisan lines. the republicans didn't vote for the firefighters or the cop, the emergency workers, about, what, 15 of them. this is what it's come to. it is frightening. so much needs to be done to care for the people and every which way. and it's not happening right now. >> erik, wasn't you to come into the conversation, i want you to come into the conversation. first, john paboehner, the hous republican leader. he couldn't contain his outrage over the fa
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